Upcoming Events List from ASC Skip Petras

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Notice of upcoming events courtesy of ASC Skip Petras

This is the list of events in and around the Middletown area for Veterans that are offered by Schools, Organizations, Hospitals, Health Care Facilities, and Individuals to HONOR VETERANS FOR VETERANS DAY.  There may be more added to the list as Veterans Day gets closer and I will add those when I receive them. 


I urge all VETERANS to make every attempt possible to attend these functions that are offered to us by those who are showing their support to us for what we have done.  Special attention is needed to attend functions that are offered by the Schools in the areas as they are our future and need to be aware of what a VETERAN is and what they do.


These are known functions received for Veterans to attend: 

Wednesday November 1st –

2:00 pm – At Bielefield Elem. School in Middletown, a school wide assembly with a veteran from the ELKS Club, Mr. Bill Curlin, speaking to our student body about the importance of Veteran’s Day. This year we will again ask the student body to send in a photo of a veteran past or present from their family that identifies what branch of service they were or are in. We display these photos on our Wall of Heroes as you enter our school. It will be displayed fromNov. 1 through Dec3. The students are also sponsoring a sock drive for our Veterans and collections have already started this month. We also have our students make cards and letters for our Veterans to thank them for their service. We usually distribute them to our local vets as well as the State Veteran’s Hospital in Rocky Hill, Ct.  We will present the sock donations and cards to Mr. Curlin during our assembly on Nov. 1st. Our student council has a veterans committee that works with myself and Mrs. Baehr to remember our veterans throughout the year. Please feel free to visit our school on Nov. 1 at 2:00 pm for our assembly.

Friday November 3rd



VETS ROCK  Concert 7:30pm  featuring Joe Walsh and guest Eddie Money  to benefit the USO Connecticut  Emceed by Tony Orlando


Saturday November 4th –

7:30 am – The annual Veterans Day breakfast will be held at the American Legion on Freestone Ave, Portland,Saturday November 4th.  The door will open at 7:30 AM and we will be open until the food is gone. That is usually by 1030. The menu will consist of our usual fantastic (SOS) chipped beef on toast, omelets, grits, coffee, tea, bacon, sausage and Oj all prepared from the 1941 U.S. Army cookbook. All you can eat six bucks. Takeout’s available.


Saturday November 4th 

9:00 am – CT. State VFW is looking for assistance in placing approximately 10,000 American Flags on gravesites at the State Veteran’s Cemetery located on Bow Lane in Middletown which will be the site of the 2:00 pm Veterans Day Ceremony on the 11th.  Assistance will also be needed to remove the American Flags on November 18th which will start around 9:00 am that morning.

Youth Groups, Clubs, Groups, and organizations are particularly welcome to help and assist in honoring those Veterans no longer with us.


Monday November 6th – 7:00 am
7:00 am – The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Annual Support the Troops and Honor the Veterans Member Breakfast Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2017. Guest speaker is Col. Christopher Beckert.

The Member Breakfast Meeting, sponsored by Middlesex Hospital, will be held at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT, with networking beginning at 7:00 a.m., breakfast buffet opens at 7:30 a.m., and the meeting program, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  Advance registration required, please register online:www.middlesexchamber.com. For more information, please visit www.middlesexchamber.com.   This sells out quickly.

Wednesday November 8th

8:00 am – The Independent Day School 115 Laurel Brook Rd, Middletown, CT, will be holding their morning assembly at 8:10 am and have asked to have as many Veterans attend as possible and provide a short presentation to the Students as we have done in the past.  Please be at the school by 8:00 am...


Thursday November 9th –

8:30 – 10:00 am

Woodrow Wilson Middle School and John Geary, 1 Wilderman’s Way, Middletown, will be having their Veterans Breakfast with the students in the library starting at 8:30am.


9:30 am – Middletown Community & Senior Center, 61 Durant Terrace, Middletown, will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Social with eggs, bacon, fruit and coffee.  Thank you for your service.  Hope you can join us, FREE – for Veterans and their spouses/significant others only.  Pre-registration is appreciated.  Call 860-638-4540


9:30 am – Moody School Grade 3, will be visiting CT Trees of Honor on Nov. 9 at 9:30.


1:30 – 1:55 pm – Scott D. Sadinsky, Principal, Frank Ward Strong School, 191 Main Street, Durham student assembly.


5:30 pm – Elks Lodge 771, Maynard St. Middletown, POW Veterans Ceremony – Enjoy our Thursday night dinner at6 PM (free to Veterans) and a special Veterans ceremony to honor our veterans and the POW/MIAs will again be remembered. This ceremony begins in our lounge at 5:30pm with our special tribute to all those that served and have given us the freedom we enjoy today.

Friday November 10th

8:45 am Middlesex Health Care, 100 Randolph Rd. Middletown, Ceremony & Breakfast with their Resident Veterans.  Flag raising ceremony to be held outdoors.  Full breakfast to follow.  Please RSVP to Carol in recreation at860-344-0353.

10:30 am – Woodside Intermediate School, 30 Woodside Road, Cromwell, CT, we will be recognizing Veterans Day. I would like to give all of our students the experience of having a Veteran visit their classroom. If you know any Veterans who would be interested in coming to visit a classroom at WIS, please contact the school as soon as possible for scheduling. My e-mail is butwill@cromwell.k12.ct.us and our school phone number is (860) 632-3564

Your visit would be about 30 minutes. During this time you could: •Talk with students about your service to our country (which branch? when? where? why? how?) •Share pictures, mementos, or a story (Please remember to make sure that anything shared is appropriate for our students, who range in age from 7-11) •Answer questions

12:00 pm – Lunch at Heritage Commons Retirement Community, 38 Boston Road. Middletown with their resident Veterans.


5:00 pm – Eagles Club Veterans dinner, 64 Stack St. Middletown, all Veterans welcome


5:00pm – Marine Corp Birthday on Nov.10, 2017 at FIRST & LAST TAVERN all Vets. and friends welcome .Free chow but pay for your own drinks. Raffle will be held, all proceeds will go to Chapter No.1 VKVSW  to help local Vets.  Adults only please…


Saturday November 11th

11:00am – 2pm  Will Power for Veterans   Suffield High School  1060 Sheldon Street  West Suffield, CT  06093

Join us for guest speakers, refreshments, music, and community as we come together to honor and support our veterans.    Learn more atwww.willingnesstochange22.com

11:00 am – Council of Veterans/City of Middletown Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Green, Washington St., Middletown

12:30 pm – Luncheon at Water’s Edge Health Care Facility, 111 Church St., Middletown with their Resident Veterans

1:00 pm –  First Company Governor’s Foot Guard, in honor of Veterans Day, the Trustees of the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard will host an Open House at the Foot Guard’s Armory, 159 High Street, Hartford Connecticut featuring the First Company Governors Foot Guard.  The historic Foot Guard Museum will be open for viewing and a display of artifacts and memorabilia from Vietnam will be on display.  1300 hours Doors open, 1400 hour Presentation of the colors, Commandant opening remarks, Foot Guard Band Concert, 1500 hours Tour the armory and visit the museum, 1600 hour Commandant closing remarks, Retiring of the colors.  Light refreshments will be provided.

2:00 pm – Ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown

5:00 pm – Free Veterans Day Dinner provided by Melilli’s Cafe & Grill at Portland High School 95 High St.  Doors open at 5:00pm, dinner beginning at 6:00pm.  Veterans from Portland, Middletown, Cromwell &East Hampton are Welcome. You must pick up a ticket in advance to attend, only 2 tickets given out per veteran.  Entertainment will be provided by the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords.  Tickets available at Portland Town Clerks office, 33 East Main St., Portland, Portland Senior Center, and the Quonset Surplus Pickering St in Portland off Marlborough St.( Rt.66.)


5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – 5th Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day Banquet & Gala; provided by Harry Ruffin Jr., American Legion Post 206, Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00 – 9;00 PM Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT.  Keynote Speaker, U. S. Army Major Alyssa Kelleher.  For more information and tickets, please call Rosellen Duncan/Phillips at (860)997-9399, William White (860)510-3654 or via email roseduncan10@gmail.com, orabawhite@aol.com


Monday November 13th

8:00 am – Apple Rehab, 600 Highland Ave, Middletown Breakfast with their Resident Veterans.  PLEASE RSVP to Dotti Carpenter at 860-347-3315 if you plan to attend so they have a head count for planning.


Friday November 17th

9:15 am – 9:45 am – Macdonough School, 66 Spring St., Middletown will have a School assembly recognizing student family members that are Veterans,  Veterans from the Community, and students that excel in the School, along with new families to the neighborhood.  As in the past, Principal Reardon would like as many Veterans to participate in their neighborhood walking of students to school starting around 8:15am or so.  Please be at the school no later than 8:15am to participate.